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Sep 08, 2006 at 06:41pm IST

Mark Taylor to lead Aussie coach hunt

Melbourne: Former Australia captain Mark Taylor is to chair the selection committee that will choose the next national coach, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Friday.

Taylor will lead a five-man panel to find a successor for John Buchanan, who is stepping down after next year's World Cup.

"The recommendation of a replacement coach will be one of the most important decisions Cricket Australia needs to make in the next 12 months, especially given the benchmark set by John Buchanan during his time in the role," Taylor said in a statement.

HUNT BEGINS: Taylor said the task will be harder because of the benchmark set by Buchanan.

"The committee will discuss in the next few weeks the process it will use and the criteria it will set for the appointment," Taylor added.

Buchanan has been Australia coach since 1999, presiding over the team's world record Test and One-Day winning streaks.

The Australians lost the Ashes last year, however, for the first time since 1987, and Buchanan will get the chance to win them back in the home series against England starting in November.

Former Australian captain Allan Border and CA chief executive James Sutherland are also on the selection panel.